A mother’s love supposedly has no end. LABYRINTH: CORONATION #2, written by Simon Spurrier and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss, continues the tale of a mother seeking to save her son. In this issue we get a small taste of how far she will go to get her baby back.

Opening the Storybook

LABYRINTH: CORONATION #2 picks up after Maria, our heroine, has had her son taken from her. She barges onto the ship where the child’s father waits for a chance to leave. After demanding to know what he had done, the father only discredits her. He claims that the only thing he did was promise nonexistent creatures his son. Knowing that these creatures are actually real, Maria tries, and fails, to make a scene to convince people of the father’s evil. As this plan miserably fails, she begs the Goblin King, the one that reigned before the one we know, for the return of her child. The king then gives her a chance.

She is thrown into the Labyrinth, with thirteen hours to find her son. Naturally, things do not go as planned. As readers have this tale laid out before them, we continue to see brief breaks in the story where Jareth, the current Goblin King, is telling the tale, continuously interrupted by a goblin. As he looks on to see what the girl searching for her baby brother will do, he weaves this tale for the baby to enjoy.

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Spinning a Tale

Simon Spurrier presents a truly fascinating and entertaining story in LABYRINTH: CORONATION #2. The nuances of the story foreshadow greater events, which makes readers want to continue with the series. The characterization sheds new light on the goblins of the Labyrinth. This makes readers even more curious about the action beyond the story that we all know and love.

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Simon Spurrier gives a lot of foreshadowing without actually revealing events that are to come in the series. This makes us, as readers, want to know what will happen and how it will happen. The goblin present while Jareth tells the story actually interjects to question the reliability of Jareth as a storyteller. This is primarily because of his “closeness” to the story. In the previous issue, it was suggested that Maria’s baby was also the baby Jareth. The goblin speaking of Jareth’s closeness furthers this implication. Additionally, the idea of Maria’s determination is brought up several times by Jareth as Maria navigates the labyrinth. This also suggests conflict in the future of the comic. We can expect resistance from Maria during her navigation of the Labyrinth.

Spurrier also writes the goblin, Beetleglum, in a way that tells us more about the goblins of this world. Beetleglum clearly fears Jareth, as the other goblins do, but we see this goblin do something different. For a brief moment, he tries to resist Jareth. It would appear that Beetleglum does this to make sure the true story is told. Beetleglum insists that the child must know the true details of the tale, going against what readers thought the goblins were. The goblins appeared as tricksters, but Spurrier’s writing brings a new level to goblins, especially Beetlegum.


Illustrious Illustrations

The illustration of LABYRINTH: CORONATION #2 makes great use of details, especially in the goblins and in the humans’ hair. Daniel Bayliss uses detail to make the goblins more grotesque and the humans more appealing. The colors, by Dan Jackson, use vibrancy to make the pages of the comic eye-catching. Together these aspects of detail and a vibrant color palette make for a visually stunning comic.

Daniel Bayliss creates details that suit the comic very well. The faces of the goblins are full of lines and wrinkles, which makes them more grotesque. Every wrinkle or wart that we see accentuates their inhuman-like features. This departure from the typically appealing makes readers see the goblins as grotesque creatures. Readers can also see the use of detail in the humans’ hair, with every individual strand of hair drawn. This makes the humans more realistic, thus more appealing. Part of this appeal is also in the contrast between the goblins and the humans, but that does not make the appeal of the humans any less true.

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The color palette of LABYRINTH: CORONATION #2 is very vibrant. From Maria’s bright orange hair to the skin of the mermaid she encounters, vibrancy appears nearly everywhere. The few instances where the coloring seems more gray shows the reader the seriousness of that specific moment. With such a consistently bright color palette, changing it to represent seriousness does make sense. However, because the color palette is so bright, the change is made all the more jarring. This jarring of the senses only goes to make the pages without such vibrancy just as eye-catching as the pages that fully utilize this vibrant color palette. Overall, the colors succeed in drawing the reader in.

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The Takeaway from LABYRINTH: CORONATION #2

LABYRINTH: CORONATION #2 gives a lot to the readers. Foreshadowing in the plotline of the story gives us the idea that more is to come. Just what that “more” is, we do not know. The dialogue of Beetleglum gives a new vantage point on the goblins of the Labyrinth. Readers now can see more than a childish and somewhat cruel side to the goblins. The illustration uses detail to make the goblins appear grotesque and the humans seem more appealing. Illustrating the wrinkles and warts of the goblins gives them this quality, while detailing human hair makes the humans more real, thus more appealing. The color palette is extremely bright, giving the reader plenty of reason to look further at the pages than a mere glance. LABYRINTH: CORONATION #2 is a strong follow up to what will likely be a highly entertaining series. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

JIM HENSON'S LABYRINTH: CORONATION #2 by Simon Spurrier, Daniel Bayliss, Dan Jackson, and Jim Campbell
LABYRINTH: CORONATION #2 brings a lot to the table. Foreshadowing makes readers want to see what's next, and the dialogue of one goblin leaves readers with a new take on all of them. Illustrious detail makes the goblins grotesque and the humans appealing. The vibrancy of the color palette catches the reader's eye. In the end, it's worth your read.
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